Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Snapshots from Vietnam

I'm kinda failing as a blogger recently/always. I always plan on taking lots of amazing photos and blogging heaps when I'm on holiday and then what happens is once I'm there I just want to live in the moment and experience everything for myself and not sit down and edit hundreds of photos. I also had planned on vlogging my Vietnam trip but my travel companions weren't comfortable with being on youtube so that plan was quashed right away. I don't know how other bloggers/vloggers do it to be honest. Anyway I decided to share with you some of my fave snaps from my recent Vietnam trip. Above is Henry and I trying out kayaking for the very first time in beautiful Halong Bay.

So incredible!

Kmart pineapple bikini top | City Chic highwaisted bikini briefs | Tsumori Chisato sunglasses | Tempt hat
We kayaked to a private beach where we spent the morning swimming.

City Chic kaftan
Such a beautiful spot.

We then kayaked back to our boat where we jumped in and out of the water all afternoon Beyonce on holiday style!

Bespecd glasses | Kitsu earrings | Dimmeys pink tshirt | Gorman dress | Kmart sneakers 
Oh gosh take me back, cruising around Halong Bay was breathtaking! We did the 2 night cruise which I'd really recommend as our 2nd day where we went kayaking and to the private beach was the best thing we did in Vietnam.

Vintage dress from Retro Star | Julie White head scarf  | Tsumori Chisato sunnies | Saltwater sandals
Phu Quoc island was the other highlight of our trip. Total paradise.

I wore my Julie White scarf as a turban basically every day in Vietnam. Can't wait until I'm back in Melbourne for summer to wear it again (currently in freezing cold Tokyo for another month, not that I'm complaining as I love it here too - just wanna wear the scarf again!)

Take me back!

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Tokyo Swan Boat

Ahh Japan I love you and your love of all things kawaii. Where else will you see Hello Kitty road work signage? Or a super cute alien bunny rabbit called Pipo-kun as the mascot for the police? Or hot pink swan boats? I found first discovered these swan boats on my first trip to Tokyo back in 2003 (back before the internet was useful so I really did just stumble upon them with no help from google) and I've loved them ever since. There are lots of swan boat locations throughout Japan but these are my personal favourites located in Ueno park. I knew that's where I was heading that day so I wore a cute pink outfit to match, getting squeals of "kawaii" from Japanese people passing in other boats made it all worthwhile, lol. Whilst in Hoi An Vietnam last month I had the local tailors make me this cute pink coat. I had wanted a more pastel pink colour but this was the closest that they had available and I'm kinda happy it's a bright pink now - it stands out more. Hoi An is famous for it's tailor made clothes, if you're going to Vietnam I'd really recommend visiting Hoi An and getting something made and staying in the town as it's honestly one of the most beautiful places I've ever been.

Outfit details
Pink coat Tailor made in Hoi An Vietnam
Flower dress Super Lovers
Pastel pink tights We Love Colors plus size tights
Flower hair clip A girl in the street in Tokyo
Black and clear backpack Jelly Bunny in Malaysia
Pins Gorman
Pink Brogues Topshop

Kiss kiss

Flower bangle Tsumori Chisato | Pins Gorman | Pink gift bow ring Tokyo's Tokyo at Omohara Tokyu Plaza | Pink flower ring Paris Kids Harajuku

I bought this bag during my one night stop over in Kuala Lumpur on my way over to Tokyo from Vietnam. After nearly a month of virtually no shopping in Vietnam as our days were filled with beaches or exploring temples, discovering I had booked a capsule hotel located within a shopping mall in KL was quite the pleasant surprise. It sounds sad but I almost cried when I saw this cute bag in the store window. I guess I missed shopping? But guys the bag is amazing - it has sequins inside the clear pocket part that MOVE AROUND! So yeah my tears were justified - it's a thing of beauty lol.

Black and clear backpack Jelly Bunny in Malaysia

I bought this dress on my first shopping day in Harajuku at the Super Lovers store in LaForet, it was just too cute to pass up. Every time I wear it I get Gwen Stefani's Harajuku Girls stuck in my head.

Flower dress Super Lovers

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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Hello from Hoi An

If you've been following me over on my instagram or my snapchat (fashionhayley for both) then you'd know that I'm currently in Vietnam with my bff Lauren and hubby Henry. It's been so hot and humid that I've found it hard to take photos during the day as that's when I'm at my most sweaty (not a good look, trust me!) Luckily Hoi An comes to life at dusk with all the pretty lanterns turning on and the streets crowded with street food and night markets. As I was taking these photos for my blog this lady came up to me and forced me to hold her bananas for a photo for some money, I don't know how she carries that thing on her shoulders all day it's pretty heavy! Hoi An has so far been one of my favourite places we've been to in Vietnam, bike riding around the old part of town filled with tailors or beside rice paddies with Water Buffalo roaming free, getting dresses and coats made at the aforementioned tailors, eating delicious local street food, visiting the beach or swimming in my resort's pool - it's been a lot of fun. That was until today when I saw a snake slithering up the path right in front of me at my hotel. I'm absolutely terrified of snakes, and it's the first time I've ever seen one outside of a zoo type situation and yes I do live in Australia! Anyway I saw it and immediately ran in the other direction back towards the pool where Henry was reading on his pool lounge. I jumped onto his lounge chair and started crying hysterically that I'd seen a snake. The staff at the hotel noticed that I ran and came to see what was the matter so I told them I saw a snake and they started looking for it, calling over the manager and other staff. Guess where they found it? Right beside the lounge chair I was sitting on, so I jumped up and onto the edge of the pool as they kicked at it and made it leave the hotel grounds. They told me they couldn't kill it because of their Buddhist beliefs, which is fair enough, I am a vegetarian after all, I don't want it killed either, just no where near me would be great thanks! Apparently it was harmless and not poisonous, but to me a snake is a snake I am terrified of them no matter what, it's not exactly a logical fear. It was kinda hilarious that it was me the snake slithered in front of then chose to sit next to - the girl who is absolutely bloody terrified of snakes - it was all my worst nightmares come to life!

Outfit details
Pom pom dress House of Holland
Head scarf Julie White
Earrings Kitsu
Sandals Saltwater Sandals
Backpack Fjallraven Kanken

The tailors couldn't believe how colour coordinated I was. It's just a happy accident that all my beloved brights match perfectly. I am absolutely in LOVE with this Julie White 100% silk Pavlova print scarf. It's the most beautiful print all designed and made in Australia. To top it all off Julie is an absolute sweetheart who I met at the recent Finders Keepers Market which is one of the best things about art and design markets I think, meeting the people behind the designs. I've also been wearing my Kitsu Bloom Hoop earrings in baby pink all the time! The designer made me clip ons and you too can make a special order of clip ons if you need, which is always a bonus. I love pairing the scarf and earrings together, I think they look so cute as a twosome. I actually filmed a packing for two climates video over on my youtube channel, explaining how my bright wardrobe does all work together and how I'm packing for my three month trip, one month here in hot and humid Vietnam followed by two months in Tokyo during winter with snow!

In front of the Japanese Covered Bridge in Hoi An, such a beautiful spot.

Hoi An is breathtakingly beautiful!

The Japanese Covered Bridge must be seen to be believed, so beautiful!

As pushy as these candle sellers are they really are stunning at night to see floating down the river.

I will miss your lantern covered streets Hoi An, until next time xxx

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Arid Garden

Skin care is a relatively new obsession for me, especially as I'm heading deeper into my thirties (yikes what, how did that even happen?) I'm desperately trying to reverse the damage caused by the sun, thank you to living in Australia! I am lucky that my skin only really gets hormonal breakouts around that time of the month so I don't really have to worry too much about those, but I do have some light scarring from my teenage years. Also wrinkles! Let's talk about those little buggers slowly creeping onto my face. My forehead is actually heavily wrinkled, I think it's from squinting all those years I didn't have glasses but needed them. Luckily I don't have to worry too much about those because they're hidden under my fringe haha! I do worry though, and I like to slather it up with night creams, moisturisers and daily sun protection! So when the folks at Activeskin got in touch with me to send over some samples I was very excited as I love testing out new skin care products to see what will and won't work on my skin. Activeskin is your one stop shop for all things skin care and below are my top pics from their vast range!

The perfect daily cleansing foam that works brilliantly with my Clarisonic. Removes excess makeup, oil and dirt for a really deep clean and is frangrance free which is perfect for my sensitive skin!

Lightweight and oil free this moisturiser is great for those with oily or combination skin as it combats oil whilst also moisturising the dry areas.

Sunscreen is such an important part of your daily skincare regime, I never leave home without it. I love this sunscreen as it doesn't leave my skin feeling sticky and greasy afterwards which makes it perfect for under my makeup.

I swear by my Clarisonic, have been using it for nearly two years now and see an incredible difference in my skin. However mine is the plain old white one, seriously considering upgrading to the pink because we all know what pink means to me!

Me and my newly refreshed skin went on a fabulous outing to the beautiful Arid Garden in Melbourne's Royal Botanic Gardens on the weekend. Cactuses, unlike your skin, don't need a whole lot of water or care in order to thrive so it is kind of an ironic place for a photo-shoot about moisturising haha!

However my dress was covered in this beautiful cacti print by local Melbourne label Rouda that I picked up at the recent Magic Designer Sale. Sign up to their facebook page to find out when the next sale is on, but basically it's a twice yearly sale of local designers old season stock. I always find something amazing at the sale, this year I bought the Poms Jewellery ring and bangel in this post as well as the dress and I spent a total of $180 which is a bargain considering the dress alone was originally well over that at full retail price! I do love a bargain!

Outfit details
Dress Rouda 
Pink pom pom earrings, ring and bangle Poms Jewellery
Purple backpack Shop in Noosa
Navy blue tights City Chic
Pink heels ASOS

Giving some good skin thanks to Activeskin!

I found this cute little lilac backpack whilst in Noosa at the end of last year for $10. I regret not also getting it in the pink but I'm pretty sure I'll find a cute little pink backpack in Tokyo next month (I'm headed there after Vietnam, eeep can't wait!). My new Poms ring and bangle are so cute they kill me!

Still getting much wear out of these seriously comfy heels. Definitely taking them with me to Tokyo!

Monday, September 28, 2015

Show Day!

If you follow me over on instagram or snapchat (fashionhayley on both!) then you'd have seen that I went to the Royal Melbourne Show on Saturday night with a few of my friends. When I found out there was an after 5pm ticket for only $20, half the price of the full day I decided I just had to go this year. The show is an Aussie tradition, every city has one, as do lots of country towns. It's full of rides, animal shows, fireworks, food and drink tastings, craft and baking competitions and showbags which are themed bags full of chocolates and lollies and novelty toys. The Royal Melbourne Show is basically a big country fair only in the city. As a kid the show is a magical place, full of fun and wonder. Well now as an adult who hadn't been in maybe 10 years I can safely say it's lots of fun for us too! HELLO cocktail bar in the Winning Tastes Pavilion. Yes I managed to get pretty drunk and fall both into and out of a ride getting in and out of the cart, you see it kinda swayed and well I just tumbled out, face planted then rolled down the metal entryway, a very embarrassing moment and I have a lot of bruises from that incident. Luckily I didn't spew after all the cocktails followed by roller coasters but I did forget to take more photos other than these just of my outfit, sorry about that but I was just having too much fun. I'm definitely going to go back next year, maybe for the full day because 4 hours was just not enough time to see and do everything.

Outfit details
Patchwork print dress Gorman
Floral denim jacket City Chic (old season)
Rosette Brooch Lightning Heart
Pink tights Kardashian Kolkection
Pink Brogues Topshop
Ice Cream earrings Doodad and Fandango

I wore my new favourite Gorman dress, I thought the fun patches print was kinda ideal for the bright lights of the show. I love the fit on this dress, I'm really loving wearing more tight fitted clothes these days - a cute hint of my belly and curves. I think my belly looks really cute so I'm really into showing it off, reminds me of a Bei Bad Girl drawing.

I love my new Kanken backpack! I got it in the peach pink colour as the blush pink which is more pastel has been sold out for months and I couldn't wait any longer. I'm loving this one so much that I think when the pastel is back in stock I'll buy it anyway because this bag just fits so much stuff and is so lightweight and cute and well pink haha!

Blissed out and hyper on too much sugar in my very fitting and super cute Doodad and Fandango ice cream earrings! Oh what a super fun day!

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